This is one of those lucky months that end neatly with a weekend so you can do your end-of-month activities at a convenient time.
What are those activities? You may already have some you like to do, such as:
...include a review of progress and use it to
write your monthly plan for February.
Gosh – has it been 10 days already? That’s the interval since my last post! The online course I’m doing is so absorbing, I keep forgetting to come up for air :-)
Yet that is what I love – being so captivated it’s as if I’m miles away. I mention this because it has quite a lot to do with decluttering and you.
If there’s something you’d love to do but have never had the time, just keep moving that clutter out. Some day your cleared physical space will become cleared...what? Time? Maybe, but mainly because of cleared mental space! Your mind will no longer run around in a frenzy telling you you’ve got no time. Then you’ll be able to lose yourself on purpose, instead of getting hopelessly lost in housework and filing.
Are there key clutter pockets in your home that nag at your attention?
Choose one & declutter part of it right now.
Those in our metropolitan area will have noticed milk rations introduced due to fires in the South-West affecting supply.
Now would be a good time to employ a mental challenge of the type suggested in the Neurobics Reminder: use milk substitutes or drink clear teas for a few days. This will help rations last longer, give your habits a little shake-out, and let your digestive system rest a bit :-)
Then make sure you have no fire hazards in your own home.
Review Decluttering for Fire Safety if needed.
How are you going with your Annual Plan so far?
Did the week disintegrate into business as usual (apart from heat-exhaustion counter-measures, in our part of the world)? That’s how New Year’s Resolutions or other goal-setting ventures get off to false starts.
But that’s all they are – false starts! Your Annual Plan will soon be up and running for real if you keep referring to it and doing what comes next. You might even need to write it in chunks over the whole of January.
I’m writing my full plans in ‘begin as I mean to go on’ mode: slowly but surely, tackling them in bites each day. I’m staying aware of things that drag my attention away, and noticing how I feel when I think of what I wrote the day before, while I’m going about my routines.
Do my plans make me feel ‘blah’ when I think of them? Chirpy? Or a bit nervy? If you don’t like the way yours make you feel, adjust them ‘til they’re more to your liking. They are yours, right?
I think it’s good to put in aims and goals that move you around emotionally. That way, if one line of action is getting too heavy or boring, you can switch your focus to something different for a while and still make progress overall.
I’m on something very challenging just now – an online course about ending war! The way I see it, it’s not so different from regular organising, yet needs to be done on a huge space that’s a whollllllle lot more cluttered...
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